Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for,
believe that you will receive it, and it will be so for you.
Once into Jerusalem, Jesus decides that it’s time to “clean house.” The house is God’s holy Temple. It had become a place of business—selling the animals for the sacrifices at the sacred festivals. In an act of boldness and outrage at the disrespect for his Father, Jesus drives out the animals and the money changers and flips over their tables. Like a spiritual “power ranger,” Jesus gets the job done!
The boldness of Jesus is a model for faith, as we read about the power of faith to move mountains. Is there anything small or big like a mountain that stands between you and the joy and love of life that God wants to give you? Stand against it in the name of Jesus, and flip it over in your heart, like those tables that Jesus turned over in the Temple. If you life seems turned upside down, let Jesus get a hold of it and flip it again so that it can be right side up!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My inner house filled with prayer. v. 24
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the First Week in the season of Autumn/Kingdomtide, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…